Sensemaker Live – 4/16

April 16, 2021

April 16, 2021

1:00 pm To 2:00 pm

Online: BST (UK)


Event Description

Make sense of this week’s major news stories in a live editorial conference with Tortoise editors.

Our daily digital ThinkIns are exclusively for Tortoise members and their guests.

Try Tortoise free for four weeks to unlock your complimentary tickets to all our digital ThinkIns.

If you’re already a Tortoise member, and can’t see your ticket in the basket, click ‘Tickets’ then ‘Enter promo code’ and enter your ThinkIn access code. You can find it in the My Tortoise > My Membership section of the app next to ‘ThinkIn access code’.

We’d love you to join us.

England, at long last, has re-opened its gyms, zoos, hairdressers, and pubs with outside areas. Some pubs opened just after midnight on Monday when lockdown was eased. But Covid infections remain high and, while the vaccination programme is accelerating, around half of the population still hasn’t received its first dose. More infections and deaths are expected. So is another wave. But many businesses have gone forever. Did we re-open too soon or leave it too late? Do we now need alternative restrictions like vaccine ‘passports’? Will the economy bounce back or struggle along?

Sensemaker Live is in partnership with Santander.

How does a digital ThinkIn work?

A digital ThinkIn is like a video conference, hosted by a Tortoise editor, that takes place at the advertised time of the event. Digital ThinkIns are new to Tortoise. Now that our newsroom has closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, we feel it’s more important than ever that we ‘get together’ to talk about the world and what’s going on.

The link to join the conversation will be emailed to you after you have registered for your ticket to attend. When you click the link, you enter the digital ThinkIn and can join a live conversation from wherever you are in the world.

Members can enter their unique members’ access code to book tickets. Find yours in My Tortoise > My Membership in the Tortoise app.

If you have any questions or get stuck, please read our FAQs or get in touch with us at

Read our ThinkIn code of conduct here

What is a Tortoise ThinkIn?

A ThinkIn is not another panel discussion. It is a forum for civilised disagreement. It is a place where everyone has a seat at the (virtual) table. It’s where we get to hear what you think, drawn from your experience, energy and expertise. It is the heart of what we do at Tortoise.

How we work with partners

We want to be open about the business model of our journalism, too. At Tortoise, we don’t take ads. We don’t want to chase eyeballs or sell data. We don’t want to add to the clutter of life with ever more invasive ads. We think that ads force newsrooms to produce more and more stories, more and more quickly. We want to do less, better.

Our journalism is funded by our members and our partners. We are establishing Founding Partnerships with a small group of businesses willing to back a new form of journalism, enable the public debate, share their expertise and communicate their point of view. Those companies, of course, know that we are a journalistic enterprise. Our independence is non-negotiable. If we ever have to choose between the relationship and the story, we’ll always choose the story.

We value the support that those partners give us to deliver original reporting, patient investigations and considered analysis.

We believe in opening up journalism so we can examine issues and develop ideas for the 21st Century. We want to do this with our members and with our partners. We want to give everyone a seat at the table.



About the Organizers

Welcome to Tortoise Digital ThinkIns. Now more than ever, it's important to get together – albeit virtually – to make sense of what's happening around us. Our daily digital ThinkIns are exclusively for Tortoise members and their guests. To become a member, download the Tortoise app for iOS and Android to try us out for free for four weeks, or head to We'd love you to join us. A bit about us.Tortoise is building a different kind of newsroom. We're opening up journalism and giving everyone a seat at the table. The ThinkIn is the heart of what we do. It’s a forum for civilised disagreement where our members take part in live, unscripted conversations that shape the way we report the world. Let's make sense of this together. If you need help, please read our FAQs, or write to us at 

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